For matriculation in the Fall semester, there are two deadlines: the preferred deadline is January 1, with admissions decisions made by mid-February, and April 1, with decisions made by mid-May. For matriculation in the Spring semester, the deadline is October 1, and decisions will be released by mid-November. MAGIC does not have rolling admissions.
APPLYING TO the MA Program
All applicants to the MAGIC program should have strong analytical, language, and writing skills. An undergraduate GPA above 3.3 is expected, and above 3.5 is encouraged.
All applications must be filed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, rather than the History Department. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions website the online application and additional information.
Applications must include:
- transcripts from any and all college and universities attended;
- test scores from the GRE General Test;
- a statement (maximum 500 words) that outlines preparation, general goals, and a proposed program of study;
- an analytical writing sample demonstrating engagement with a historical topic (15-25 pages);
- three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should come from academic sources;
- and a completed Supplemental Application Form, which can be found here.
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Students who are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score can may choose to not submit a GRE score.
Applicants can submit their statement of purpose, writing sample, and letters of recommendation online. Transcripts and GRE and/or TOEFL scores should be submitted directly to the Graduate School and not the History Department. Do not submit any materials to the History Department, as it will slow down the processing of your application.
Applicants can forward the hard copy materials to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Credentials - History Program
3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004